3 early goals for Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery in 2019
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3 early goals for Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery in 2019

Alshon Jeffery’s 2018 campaign ended in misery, as the last play of his season saw a Nick Foles pass go through his hands and into the waiting arms of New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, thwarting the Philadelphia Eagles’ attempt at winning back-to-back Super Bowls.

But overall, Jeffery had a solid season, hauling in 65 receptions for 843 yards and six touchdowns.

Now entering his third year with the Eagles, just what should be Jeffery’s goals heading into 2019?

Here are three things the 29-year-old should be looking to achieve this coming season.

3. Play a Full 16-Game Campaign

Over the last four years, Jeffery has only played a full season once, which came in 2017 when Philadelphia won its first ever Super Bowl title. Otherwise, he has had a heck of a time staying healthy.

While with the Chicago Bears in 2015 and 2016, Jeffery played in nine and 12 games, respectively, and this past season, he ended up appearing in 13 contests.

Had Jeffery been able to stay on the field for the entire season, he may have ended up with 1,000 yards, but he did not, so he fell short.

Alshon Jeffery

Jeffery is the Eagles’ No. 1 receiver, and while Philly added some more depth at the position this offseason by bringing back DeSean Jackson and drafting J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, it would still greatly benefit the Eagles if Jeffery were able to stay healthy all year long.

2. Reach 900 Yards

In Jeffery’s second and third seasons in the NFL in 2013 and 2014, he tallied 1,421 and 1,133 yards, respectively. Since then, Jeffery has failed to reach 1,000 yards once, and he has actually not even totaled 850 in any one season during that span.

But because the Eagles have so many wide receivers plus tight end Zach Ertz, it is probably going to be difficult for Jeffery to record 1,000 yards in 2019, but how about 900?

Again, even with the addition of Jackson, Jeffery will still almost surely be the Eagles’ No. 1 receiver going into this season, so he should see the bulk of the targets among the rest of the wide outs.

So, Jeffery should have plenty of opportunities to catch some passes.

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Of course, the No. 3 goal also plays a significant role here, as Jeffery won’t be able to log 900 yards if he isn’t on the field.

1. Post a Catch Rate of 60 Percent or Better

Jeffery posted the best catch rate of his career in 2018, catching 70.7 percent of the balls thrown his way. That was a massive step up from his abysmal 2017 number, when he caught just 47.5 percent of his targets.

The University of South Carolina product has actually struggled in this area throughout most of his career, as he owns a lifetime catch rate of 57.5 percent, which is a pretty unenviable number.

He has only registered a catch rate of 60 percent or better twice, doing it this past year and back in 2013, when he snared 60.1 percent of the balls thrown his way.

There is no reason why he can’t do that again in 2019, especially considering that Carson Wentz completed 69.6 percent of his pass attempts this past season.